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Chicken/Turkey Croquettes (Cutlets) – Recipe

chicken-cutletThis Chicken Croquettes ( Cutlets) recipe is a creative way of making a new meal out of leftover chicken,  or turkey meat.

When I roast a whole chicken for the two of us, I end up with three meals out of that one bird.

First night we have the roasted meat, next day I make Chicken Salad, or Chicken Pot Pie, out of half of the leftover meat.  On the third day I am still able to make these Chicken Croquettes (Cutlets), which I usually end up freezing, because who wants to eat chicken for three days straight.

I use the leftover bones (with some remnants of meat on them), plus the leftover juices in the roasting pan, and some vegetables, to prepare a great soup stock.  You can even freeze it for later use, or make it into a tomato, or vegetable soup.

This recipe makes 4-6 medium size croquettes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chicken meat, or leftover turkey, cooked and cut up
  • 1 medium onion, chopped and sautéed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4Tbs. canola oil
  • 2 Tbs. of flour
  • ¼ cup of water, or chicken broth
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • Canola oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Heat 2 Tbs. of canola oil in a saucepan.
  2. Add chopped onions, shredded carrot, and chopped celery.
  3. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  4. Add minced garlic and sauté one more minute.
  5. Remove vegetables from the pan and add to chopped up chicken.
  6. Add 2 Tbs. canola oil to the sauce pan, heat again.
  7. Add 2 Tbs. flour, and sauté, stirring constantly, until slightly golden.
  8. Add ¼ cup of water, bring to boil, and continue to mix.
  9. Add to chicken mixture.
  10. Add chopped parsley, egg, salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Mix well.
  12. Form oblong croquettes.
  13. Dip both sides in seasoned bread crumbs.
  14. Let rest for a few minutes, until the oil is ready for frying.
  15. Fry lightly 5 minutes per side.

Tip: I serve these croquettes with garlic and parsley mashed potatoes, home made gravy, and a fresh vegetable.

Great way to use up that leftover turkey meat from your Thanksgiving feast!!!!

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